August 23rd, 2008 Brian Herzog
A few months ago, I listed online services that provide answers to peoples' questions.
In the library world, the big concern is usually the quality of the answers - do these services provide the same level of quality in the answers that someone would get from a librarian?
As I read on studio twentysix2, perhaps we should be more concerned with the quality of the question.
September 4th, 2007 Brian Herzog
The answer to Wikipedia's entry on Librarians is the Uncyclopedia's humorous Librarian entry.
More library-related humor websites:
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March 21st, 2007 Brian Herzog
I'm still trying to figure out how to embed videos into WordPress, but in the meantime, check out this funny commercial found at ifilm.
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January 20th, 2007 Brian Herzog
I guess it's just that time of year: with the cold weather finally setting in, there's been a noticeable drop in the number of people coming to the reference desk. As a result, there really weren't any unusual questions this week.
However, I was visited by the sales rep from Thomson-Gale. He dropped by unannounced, but he did not come empty-handed. In addition to sales brochures for their research databases, he brought me a book.
Published by Gale, it is a collection of funny questions that have been asked at reference desks across the country. All of the questions are sent in by librarians (and I think if they use your submission, they'll even pay you). It's called Funny You Should Ask, (in fact, what he gave me was actually the second volume, Return of the Grin) - here are a few examples:
What is the attention span of a fish?
What can I do to stop ghosts coming through the walls and scaring me?
Who invented the bed?
Houston Elementary School District
Do you have a book on coffee tables by Cosmo Kramer?
Was Pearl Harbor a famous black American? I need to do a report on one.
Astoria Park School Media Center
I don't think this book is available for purchase anywhere. Even according to WorldCat, it is only available in two libraries (one of which is the Supreme Court Library in Little Rock, AR).
But don't despair - if you're interested, you can sign up to receive funny questions in a weekly email. These are new submissions from librarians, and when Gale compiles enough of them, they'll publish volume 3.
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